AN: This is sort of like a montage, so… Yeah, it's going to be a bit weird, but I hope you can all bear with it…
Ok, so my little sister had me listen to this song and I got obsessed with it. Plus it REALLY made me ponder this last chapter, sooooo Yeah :D Don't like the song? Screw you.
The flashback is Haku's.
Kyo: (sob) Corvin does not own Naruto, it is the property of MK, and she doesn't own this song either.
Neji stared blankly ahead of him as the men in white assisted him into the back of the truck. They were stern looking men, who were following the orders of a large man in black.
Behind him, he could hear his friend's sorrowful goodbyes and the promises of them and his family to come and see him as often as they could.
The noise barely registered in his mind.
It is so that my transgressions have born a withered fruit,
the sun has scorched the rising plants; alas they have no root.
The bleached bones of animals bound by leather strips,
dance through the air with laughter as I wield this wicked whip.
Hiashi stared at his nephew in the white room as he crawled under his bed to escape the sight of his family, muttering that he wanted them to go away.
The nurse informed him that he did this anytime anyone came to see him. At night he barely slept and had often been sobbing and clawing at his face until he was sedated. He was now required to wear soft gloves for his own protection.
"Cheer up…" She said, "It's only been two weeks"
Hinata couldn't heed these words, as her older cousin curled up into a ball and began to cry.
As you did warn me carpenter, this world has weakened my heart,
so easily I disparage, self-seeking the work of my art,
and there you have come to me at the moment I bathe in my sorrow,
so in love with myself, sought after avoiding tomorrow.
Neji sat at the table not bothering to look at anyone. Itachi looked from Sasuke to Orochimaru, "Neji... How are you feeling?"
The Hyuuga's red puffy eyes were wetted again as tears fell down his much paler and sunken in cheeks. His hair was messed up and looked as though it hadn't been properly brushed in a while.
Sasuke reached out and tried to touch Neji's shoulder, though he only flinched away, crying harder.
"Neji?" Orochimaru said softly, "Me and Itachi are graduating next week… Um… Shizune said that, if you wanted to come" He frowned sadly as the Hyuuga began to shake his head frantically, "No… No… No… Don't wanna go"
He bent over sobbing onto the table, his once beautiful silky hair pooling around him.
Where do you find the love to offer he who betrays you?
And offer to wash my feet as I offer to disobey you,
your beauty does bereave me, and how my words do fail,
so faithfully and dutifully I award you with betrayal.
Six months later, Hinata looked upon her cousin, nibbling delicately on some bread. Shizune seem especially happy about it as she explained, "This is the first time he's eaten by himself rather than force feeding or the drip. It means he's progressing"
Hinata nodded and opened the door. Neji looked up at her, and she fought back tears. He was nearly skeletal in his white pants and long sleeve shirt. The gloves had been removed from his hands in the previous month when he stopped trying to claw at himself.
He stared at her as she tried to approach, "N-Neji? How are you?"
"Go away" He murmured weakly throwing his bread at her, "No! I don't want to, don't tell anyone! STOP!"
She stopped advancing and crouched down, "I s-swear, I'll never tell" She whispered, sure he knew what he meant.
"No, you told HIM! He knew!" Neji snarled at her and hid under his blanket, "Go away! Get out"
A nurse came in just as he started screaming and pulled the blanket off to find him trying to stuff the pillow in his mouth. She pulled a syringe out of her pocket and filled it with a clear liquid. Hinata began to cry as the nurse tranquilized her cousin. "I'm sorry!"
"Don't worry, he's just not ready for contact"
The weak and the down trodden fall on broken legs,
as I walk past a smile I cast, fervor in my stead,
but my bones like plastic, do buckle backward now,
I lay in this field by Judas' bowels and anticipate the plow.
Naruto frowned as Neji was led in. His hair looked better, though he was still painfully skinny and ashen white. He sat down at the table, looking twitching between the blond and Sasuke.
The Uchiha spoke first, "How're things going Neji? You look like you've been crying" He had been there for year and he still cried…
They both perked up at the hoarse voice that sounded as though it hadn't been used enough in a long time. The junior stared at his friend, "What is it?"
"It happened a lot… Not only once" He began to cry, "But I didn't like it… I really didn't" He reached out for his younger friend who readily accepted him.
Naruto watched helplessly as the once ever popular, ever powerful, ever princely Hyuuga Neji sobbed brokenly on his boyfriend's shoulder.
I can not be forgiven; my wages will be paid,
for those more lovely and admirable is least among the saved,
and where would I fit Jesus? What place is left for me?
The price of atonement is more than I've found to offer up as my plea.
"Two years has made him comfortable enough with Dr. Morino He's been put into counseling, we can be glad that he is willing to share with us" Said Shizune, turning away from the window where Neji sat, playing with a few blocks, "Mr. Hyuuga… Were you aware that your nephew had been raped repeatedly?"
The elder Hyuuga stared at her in horror, "What?!"
"I see. This may explain his behavior. Do you remember Hiroshi Akira?" At his nod she continued, "Neji informs us that the late Mr. Hiroshi first raped him when he was 12 and continued to do so until his death when he was 14"
Hiashi staggered backwards, feeling bile rising up, "No…" He placed his hand over his mouth and looked over the woman's shoulder at Neji who was making a block he had painted with a yellow eye and a purple eye attack a block he had painted with two black eyes. "Why… Why didn't he tell me?! I would not have let it continue!"
"Apparently he was threatened to keep quiet, only Hinata knew of one incident"
"We would like for you to bring her in next week"
Jesus my heart is all I have to give to you, so weak and so unworthy,
this simply will not do, no alabaster jar, no diamond in the rough,
for your body that was broken, how can this be enough?
By me you were abandoned, by me you were betrayed,
yet in your arms and in your heart forever I have stayed.
Your glory illuminates my life, and no darkness will descend,
for you have loved me forever, and your love will never end.
"Neji, do you know why you are here?"
"Would you like to come home with me?"
A small sob racked the skinny, but plumping body, "Yes please Uncle"
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxX Doctor's Statement Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I hereby certify Hyuuga Neji cured. He will live with his Uncle and Aunt, who are certified in CPR, and fingerprinted by the hospital. Their home has passed inspection, and been deemed fit for the patient as long as he is boarded on the same floor as the parent or guardian.
The patient is no longer in need of medication, so prescription will not be given. Licensed councilor and medical officer Morino Ibiki will make monthly visits to the home to see upon the progress of patient Hyuuga Neji
Name: Hyuuga Neji
Height: 6'3190 cm)
Weight: 178 lbs (80.91 kg)
"He wasn't there…"
Haku frowned, "you don't think that he actually… Went there, do you?"
Zabuza shrugged as he pulled into the parking lot of their apartment complex, "We'll find out. He probably just headed home"
They got out of the car and walked up to find their door unlocked. Haku raised an eyebrow as he entered, "Gaara?"
Zabuza came in and shut the door behind them. The lights were still on, but it was still quiet. He began to examine the contents of the fridge, thinking it seemed oddly empty, when he heard a gasp from the redhead's room and ran in there to find Haku staring at the inside back of a notebook. "What's that?"
Haku sniffed and read out loud, "Shukaku, December 12th… That's today. I'm going to the Hyuuga's in a second. I can't wait to see his face; I finally get to get back at him, for all that time. I know I always loved him and will love him, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to teach him a lesson.
"I'm going to leave after that, and I'm going to disappear. I know that I will miss Haku and Zabuza, it was awesome of them to let me stay with them, and I hope I wasn't too much of a burden.
"Goodbye and Thank you" Haku closed it, "That was the last page in his little notebook"
Zabuza stared at him, "He's gone?"
"Neji! Are you ok?"
The young man looked up and nodded, at twenty years old his uncle would rush into his room at the slightest sound. Neji didn't mind very much, it meant that he cared.
He had come home from the hospital to find his room had been moved to the second floor and all his friends were in there waiting for him. The reunion had been a tearful one, and he had apologized so many times, that he wasn't sure in there was anything else in his vocabulary.
After that, he had gone to bed and slept late the next day. Upon waking he found his uncle in his room, asking him to get showered, but to be quick because they had to be down town.
It turned out, after Neji went to the hospital, Susan and several others of his pets had come forward to their parents or loved ones. The school had been in an uproar with people calling them liars, though they all knew it was the truth.
Four years later, after being declared insane, the now cured Neji had been on his way to have his consequences decided.
To his luck, seven who were there had pleaded for his mercy, one boy in particular, who Neji hadn't even recognized, had gone so far as to say that everyone was to blame. In the end, the parents and families got over their demands on incarceration, after all, any sex that was admitted had been consensual. Neji had been sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
This was where he happened to be at the moment.
"I never would have guessed that a soup kitchen owned by some snobby family who be the best in the country"
Neji smiled at the old man as he served him some hot stew, "It will be the best in the world soon enough Itachi, the jury is just still out right now"
The Uchiha snorted, wondering how he got roped into serving mashed potatoes for six hours. Neji had been working in the soup kitchen his family opened for two weeks ago, and every day someone from the group that had once populated Royal Corner would join him. This time it had been Itachi, who had volunteered, he had felt a bit left out, being the only one hadn't been there.
"It must be nice getting to do all your community service hours here" He chided, earning a cackle from the lady who was getting some rice from the man next to him.
Neji shrugged, "It certainly is more convenient"
Itachi watched his friend's face and felt both marvel and a small sense of something he couldn't quite identify. The Hyuuga's face seemed to have lost a dark cloud that hung around it; he could finally see that beauty of his friend which he had never known was so hidden. The Neji he knew was gone, but the Neji that was with him now, was so much more healthy, honest and happy.
Once he had been taken away, Itachi and the others had learned a great deal about Neji that none of them would have guessed. The thing that shocked him, and the others the most, was the boxes of hair dye found hidden in the bathroom. Neji had been growing grey hair since he was twelve and had been using brown dye to cover it up. To his relief, the silver color was now gone naturally.
Neji was just Neji; Dressed in a white T shirt and stone washed jeans, with a white paper apron and a loose pony tail.
"What are you smiling at?"
Itachi rolled his eyes, "Oh nothing, nothing at-" He stopped when Neji gasped.
He had been on the road for a long time, always moving to make sure he wouldn't be found and dragged back. To say his life had been easy would have been a lie, but to say that it had been hard… Might have been overstating the case, just a little. The blackness around his eyes had grown from his near constant lack of sleep, due to his unease of sleeping on the streets.
He had found a partner to wander with him, a girl by the name of Rai, who was five years younger than himself. (AN: Yes, yet another OC, get the Hell over it) He had met her near Sunaga and had since then had traveled with her. Together they had toured the whole country, living off of what they could steal and find.
Now here they were, back to the place he had run away from for four years.
"So this is Konoha, it's prettier than you described it big brother"
He glared at Rai, "I described it to you in the winter. Now shut up, supposedly the best soup kitchen ever is around here and I want to see it"
Rai brushed some dark green out of her brown eyes, "Do you know where it is?"
"Supposedly in up town area, where all the rich people live" Gaara started walking; ignoring the stares he and his companion were receiving.
Running away with almost no money had not been the smartest idea he ever had. He had managed to sell some things for food money, thus he ran out of his nicer clothes quickly. Now he had a very faded coat that had once been too big for him, but fit nicely now, a grey thermal shirt and a pair of black pants, he had gotten some shoes from a garage sale and had given his converse to Rai who now wore them, though they barely covered her feet at all.
The girl looked around at all the little shops with clothes and jewelry of the most expensive quality in the windows, "Wow," she whistled at one of the windows showing several necklaces, "We could make a pretty penny pawning any one of those little gems"
Gaara smirked, "Later, I'm hungry"
"Sorry big brother"
They walked around town for another half hour, Gaara stomach growling angrily, until they finally reached their destination.
It was a tall building, most likely two stories, unless the ceiling was just ridiculously high. The outside was white and the glass doors were so clean one could hardly tell there was glass. Gaara snorted, "How useless"
Rai shrugged, "Seems nice to me"
"I believe I told you to shut up"
"Sorry again big brother"
They went inside and both nearly gasped. The inside was a huge room, with several tables set up like a restaurant. There was a cafeteria like set up, where people took their trays to get food served to them, and then two large doors that most likely led to the kitchen.
Rai followed Gaara to get a plate and they both got in line with her in front. She looked ahead to see what they had and noticed someone staring at her big brother. She frowned, "Hey, there's a Hyuuga"
Gaara looked up and followed her gaze. His eyes narrowed and he smirked, "You've got to be smurfin' me"
"Come on" He grabbed her arm and dragged her up to Neji's station, where the brunette was eyeing him. Gaara looked through the glass window to see what he was serving and then looked up, "I want some stew"
Neji seemed so different, like he had been peaceful. The glint of his eyes was gone and there was no air of superiority that would be the envy of any king… Or peacock.
The Hyuuga frowned, "You need a bowl"
"Rai, go get me a bowl"
"K" She went back in the line while Neji looked after her.
"You can't do that, go to the back of the line" He said as Itachi glared at the redhead from behind him.
"No, I didn't leave the line, I'm merely thinking about the stew" Gaara smiled sweetly at Itachi and gave him a little wave. Rai returned and gave him a bowl and spoon, "Now if you don't mind. Some stew, please"
"Who is she?" Asked Neji, looking at the girl curiously, and ignoring the 'request'
"This is Rai, I travel with her"
"She looks young"
"I'm 13" Piped Rai
"Don't worry Neji, I haven't touched her, I'm not like you"
The brunette flinched and Itachi stepped in, "We're out of stew, so get moving" He growled
Gaara ignored him and looked at Neji, "Awh, no more fight in you? How do you expect to get me hot with such a docile attitude?"
Neji raised an eyebrow, "It would seem that one of us is still sick" He sneered, "You had a grudge four years ago and then you got your revenge," He grabbed the bowl and filled it, "I'm finally about to be better and I don't need trash like you fucking it up!"
The redhead barely flinched, but took the bowl. He was going to walk away but Rai spoke up, "Hey! I don't care if you're giving us free food! You can't talk to my big brother like that!"
"Shut up kid" Hissed Itachi, "There's ancient history here that you don't know anything about"
The green haired girl scowled but Gaara touched her shoulder, "Come on, they don't want to talk to 'trash' like us" She felt tears when she saw the almost masked hurt in his eyes, but nodded.
They went to a far table and began to eat the bit of food that they got.
Neji watched them, first the little girl, who he felt a bit of sympathy for and then Gaara… "I don't know whether he helped me or hurt me" He said to Itachi, though still not looking away from the pair.
The Uchiha looked at them as well, thinking. After a moment he answered, "He helped you in the most hurtful way," He said, "Because he loved you no matter how much he also hated you"
Neji nodded, "Sasuke told me that Gaara left town after… That night"
Itachi nodded, "He did, but I guess he's back"
"She shouldn't have to sleep on the streets"
Gaara and Rai finished their meals fast enough and were headed towards the door when someone came running behind them, calling for them to wait.
Gaara sighed, "What do you want Hyuuga?"
The Hyuuga approached them; he looked down now near towering over Gaara who had barely grown from the lack of nutrition, "Do you guys have anywhere to stay?"
"We're staying at the Palace Hotel; what do you think?" He snapped
Neji merely flicked his nose, "I'm offering to let you stay here over night, if you guys are interested"
"What's the catch?"
"No catch; it's what the second story is for. Someone has kids or a kid; we let them stay over night"
Rai looked up at Gaara hopefully, but the wounded pride was enough answer for her, she looked down as her big brother answered exactly what she had expected, "No thanks, we don't need help from you"
Neji frowned, "Don't be difficult Gaara"
Rai sighed, 'it's no use'
"Thanks, but no thanks" Gaara left with Rai in tow.
Orochimaru looked up from his book and smiled as Itachi and Neji entered his apartment, "Hey"
Neji nodded and sat down while Itachi walked over and gave him a peck on the lips. (AN: Orochimaru! Not Neji! You silly guys! XD) "Guess who we saw today"
"Man or woman?"
"Hm… A little bit of both I'd say"
Orochimaru raised an eyebrow, "Naughty or nice?"
"… How naughty?"
Orochimaru's frown grew, "So he's back in town then…" He looked over at Neji with a small amount of concern.
The Hyuuga just sighed, "He had a little girl with him who called him big brother… But they wouldn't stay at the kitchen to sleep"
"At least Gaara wouldn't" Added Itachi
Neji only shook his head, "I don't even know if I'm actually angry at him, should I be?"
"Like I said," Sighed Itachi, "He helped you in the most hurtful way"
Orochimaru raised an eyebrow, "Who are you Bill Shakespeare?"
Neji checked his watch, "I'll see you kids later, I have to get back"
Gaara leaned back and sighed, he hated this park, but it was where he had ended up. He didn't want to go see anyone; at least, he didn't want them to see him. He looked down at Rai as she shivered and pulled her little sweatshirt tighter around herself. He wasn't in much better condition, no matter what the season, nights were still plenty cold.
The girl looked up at him as he put his coat over her, teeth chattering, "Say big brother… That Neji guy, who is he?"
"Really? But… He and that other guy knew your name and everything"
Gaara glared down at her, "Shut up or I'll take my coat back"
Rai looked down and Gaara looked up at the sky, they had decided to sleep on the playground, huddled in the little compartment at the top of the highest slide. It helped, though very little.
"… Is he the reason you left Konoha?"
Gaara scowled but didn't reply. Rai bit her lip as her stomach growled, their meal at the soup kitchen had been around 2 o'clock, now around 10 at night it wasn't helping much. She only pulled her sweatshirt tighter around herself, "Sorry again big brother"
The redhead sighed; he was hungry too and cold and uncomfortable. But this had to be better than being near him again… Didn't it?
Rai coughed before snuggling back into her shirt and Gaara sighed, "Get up" He said sliding down the slide with her behind him.
"Where are we going?"
"Really?" Rai didn't hide the glee in her voice at the thought of a hot meal and a soft warm bed. She stared at him, "You really don't mind big brother? Don't if it's on my account"
The Sabaku started walking, shrugging as he went, "I could go for a nice bed and a shower anyway. We'll just not make satisfying us easy for him"
Rai giggled, "Ok big brother!"
It had taken them a whole hour to make it all the way back to the soup kitchen. When they got there, none other than Neji outside, just exiting the door, Gaara frowned, "Hey!"
Neji turned around and blinked, "Oh! You came back" He put his keys in his pocket and walked to where they were standing on the sidewalk.
Rai stares up at him, "We came for that place to sleep and maybe some food" She says with a grin.
Gaara crossed his arms when the other bit his lip, "Ah, about that… We're filled up now"
"WHAT?!" Exclaimed the younger two
Neji sighed, "We only have limited space, and we fill up fast" He ran a hand through his hair, and looked mostly at Gaara, "Would you accept plan B?"
"Which would be?"
"If you guys don't mind," Neji started walking down the sidewalk and they followed, "You could come stay at my house for a night"
"No fucking way" Growled Gaara bristling at the thought
The Hyuuga shrugged, "If you don't want to, fine"
Rai sighed and looked at Gaara, "Come on big brother," She whispered, "We could always go and then leave a big mess" She didn't know what happened between Gaara and Neji, but she did know that she was cold and hadn't slept in a bed for a long time.
Gaara looked up at Neji's retreating back, "Wait up!" He hissed, running up beside him, "We'll be waiting right here, bring your car back to come get us"
Neji raised an eyebrow at the order, but behind the redhead Rai mouthed 'please' He chewed his lip, "Fine"
He turned around and walked away this again, this time Gaara stayed behind.
They waited for about five minutes, when headlights appeared and a silver Saturn pulled up next to them. Gaara opened the door and climbed into the front seat, while Rai got into the back. He eyed the car from the inside, "You got rid of the Monte Carlo?"
"Jake says this car is better"
Neji looked in the rear view mirror at Rai who was holding a metal pipe to her ear and raised an eyebrow, "Jake?"
"She and I are the only people who can understand him" Said Gaara
Neji stared at the pipe, "That's not… That pipe is it?"
Gaara smirked out the window, "Why yes it is. I once vowed to kill everyone at Royal Corner with that pipe"
The rest of the drive was in silence. Until Gaara saw fit to reach over and punch Neji in the shoulder. They drove for a few more seconds when Neji punched him back. They kept at this until the Hyuuga Mansion was in sight. Neji pulled the car to a stop and punched Gaara one last time before getting out of the car.
The redhead followed with a pout and the girl with a small smile.
Neji opened the front door and was greeted by a maid, "Mr. Hyuuga, who are your guests?"
"They are friends of mine," He said, "Do you think you could get two guest rooms ready for them and find some clothes?"
"Of course" She bowed and disappeared through a door.
Neji turned to them, "you may sit down while you wait," He said, "I'll be upstairs in my room"
"Do you think I could shower?" Asked Rai taking a step forward, "I haven't been clean in a couple weeks and…" She trailed off and Neji nodded, "Sure, follow me"
Gaara stood and went with them, glaring at Neji's back with distrust. He led them up a flight of stairs and down a hall that Gaara recognized from years ago. He opened a door and revealed a large, sparkling white bathroom with a large Jacuzzi tub. He gestured for Rai to go in, "I'll send for someone to bring you a change of clothes and a towel for when you are done"
She looked around, clearly awed and nodded mutely. Neji closed the door and turned around. He jumped when he noticed Gaara for the first time and sighed, "What?"
"I want to take a shower as well"
Neji scowled, "Gaara, I invited you into my home, after you sent me to rot in an asylum for four years, the least you could do is say please"
"I didn't send you, your uncle did" Said Gaara and he turned and started peaking in all the doors. "Show me to another bathroom"
Neji stared and him blankly and Gaara scowled, "Please" He spat.
The Hyuuga nodded and walked to the end of the hall. He opened a door to a bathroom with marble floors and carved stone basins. Gaara tilted his head to the side and stared up at him, "Do I get a change of clothes too?"
Neji leaned over him, placing his arm on the side of Gaara's head, "Depends, can you stop being a little douche to your host?"
Gaara sneered, "Please dear sweet Neji?"
The brunette scowled and leaned away, "You always were a brat"
Gaara stepped inside and the door slammed shut behind him.
Neji stormed down to his room, after telling a passing servant to take clothes to the two bathrooms and to see that their rooms were prepared on the second floor. He closed the door and leaned back against it. That redhead, why did he bring him back to his home.
Neji ran his hands over his shaking arms, he had felt weak from being near him, the memories of the last night, and others had flooded into his mind and nearly over whelmed him. The countless nights, he had sobbed under his bed at Sutter felt like they were happening all at once. Neji slid down to the floor, and sighed, 'Why did I have to bring him back here?'
Slowly, he slipped into a sleep that had become a habit after so many drug-induced slumbers after having such memories.
He awoke with a jolt, when someone began pounding on his door. Neji heavily picked himself up and leaned against the doorknob, "Who is it?"
"Your uncle" Came the gruff voice
Neji opened his door and there stood Hiashi, "Yes uncle?"
"Neji, did you bring to people into our house?"
"Yes uncle, one of them was a… An old friend, and he and his little sister showed up unexpectedly at the soup kitchen-"
"The soup kitchen?"
"Yes," Said Neji, "The girl is only 13, and we were filled up down at the kitchen… I couldn't just leave them"
Hiashi stared at him and chewed his lip slightly, "I see. Well then, they may stay, but from now on I would appreciate it if you would consult with me before you bring someone home"
Hiashi nodded and gave Neji a small hug before going back downstairs. Neji shut the door and sighed. He went over and dressed in pajama pants before getting into bed. He was tired, and he needed to curl up with a good book.
He crawled into his bed, under the blanket and grabbed his book off the nightstand next to him. He began to read, just long enough that his eyelids started to droop. However, before he could fall asleep the door opened. Neji didn't bother to look up, "Yes uncle?"
There was no response and he looked up to see Gaara leaning in his doorway, wearing some dark green pajamas. He frowned, "What is it Gaara?"
The redhead shrugged and sauntered into the room, kicking the door shut behind him. He looked around, "So they moved you eh? Hn, I guess you could do less damage when they can keep a closer eye on you" He looked at Neji and smirked, "So how long ago did you get out again?"
"A few weeks ago" Replied Neji, marking his page and setting the book down.
Gaara thought this over and gave a snort. He sat down at the foot of the bed and stretched, "Tell me honestly Hyuuga, do you think you're better"
"I'd like to think so," said Neji shortly, "Now do you want something? Because if not I'm very tired"
"Why did you bring us back here?"
Neji paused and frowned, "… I'm not sure, but I am starting to regret it"
Gaara faced him, "There are questions that I never got the chance to ask," He said, "I want to ask them now"
The brunette sighed and leaned back against the headboard, "Why should I answer anything you ask?"
"Because you know I won't leave you alone until you do"
"I could have you kicked out"
"I could burn your house down"
Neji's eyes narrowed, "Are you threatening me?"
Gaara smiled innocently, "Of course not, I'm merely informing you"
"Hn, what are your questions?"
The redhead smiled, "Were you planning on doing something at the November Ball?"
"I…" Neji scowled and looked at the rug next to his bed, "I was going to sing"
Gaara threw his head back and laughed, "Sing? Is that it?"
"Then I had figured I would drag you outside while you were still stunned and fuck you on a car"
Gaara stopped laughing, "Sounds like you"
"The old me"
"I'm sure" Gaara looked down and began tracing over the pattern of the blanket, "My last question is…" He frowned, "Why? Why did you do it?"
"Rape you on the pool table?"
Their voices had become whispers and they were avoiding eye contact. Neji sighed, "To be honest, I normally would have just let them have at you. I wasn't sure why I did it, or why I was going to tell them you were mine when I was done" Gaara looked up at him at this, though he did not notice, "Years later… I figured, in my own way, I was trying to protect you"
"Protect me? PROTECT ME!? YOU HURT ME AND YOU'RE TRYING TO SAY YOU WERE TRYING TO PROTECT ME?!"
Neji twitched as his long dormant temper flared, "IT WAS FOUR AND A HALF FUCKING YEARS AGO! GET OVER IT ALREADY!"
"GET OVER IT?! YOU DON'T JUST GET OVER SOMETHING LIKE THAT!"
"YOU'VE HAD YOUR REVENGE GAARA! I'VE SAID IT BEFORE! YOU FUCKED WITH MY HEAD RIGHT BEFORE I WENT TO FESTER IN AN ASYLUM AND NOW WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!"
Gaara was glaring at him, and if Neji hadn't been so angry as well, he would have noticed the more hurt and sorrowful look on the redhead's face behind the thin veil of anger, "Did you ever care about me?" He whispered
Neji stopped his yelling and stared at him, "What?"
Gaara pulled the blanket up and crawled underneath it. Neji watched, unable to move as the lump under his comforter moved up until it revealed a green eyed redhead straddling his hips.
Gaara leaned forward and pushed his lips against his. They stayed like that for a moment, until one of them ventured to open his mouth a little. Soon their tongues were moving softly against each other's. Gaara arms were around Neji's neck and Neji's hands were tangled in his red hair.
They broke apart for air, only to meet once again, this time ending with Gaara tackling Neji to lie on his back.
Neji wrapped one arm around Gaara's waist, while the other stayed in his hair. They broke apart again, panting and blushing.
They stared at each other, unsure of what should happen next. Neji felt he was in a state of shock, Gaara was looking at him, with those same big green eyes he realized he had come to love. They were glistening with tears that were refusing to fall, looking sad, lost… Vulnerable.
And then, he remembered the one other time he had seen that look, only once that Gaara had ever been in a state even close to this one.
"… Neji please don't"
"Don't leave me alone"
Neji felt his breath become short; he truly had left him alone. He had abused him, hurt him, and then left him. First to make a gap to manipulate for his own purposes and then because he was sent away.
He hadn't just raped and humiliated Gaara, he had abandoned him.
"Gaara… I'm so sorry" He murmured hugging him tightly, "Never again; I'll never leave you again"
The Sabaku sighed, stubbornly wiping the moisture away from his eyes, "Damn straight you won't"
Outside the door, Hiashi, Hinata and Rai smiled at each other before heading off to their respective rooms, they could leave the two alone until morning.
Anyone who doesn't think Neji would be able to get better in four years, HAH! I have a friend who took therapy and before it you could see the insanity glinting in her eyes. SERIOUSLY! SHE WAS CRAZY! Now she's all normal and happy. But yeah, its possible.
Kyo: SHE FOUND A WAY! A corny, cheesy way, but a way!
Screw you Kyo, ok! I finally finished!
Anyone who was unsatisfied that Gaara didn't see Naruto or his siblings, well here what happened. They went and saw Sasuke, who was with Naruto. Naruto fell at Gaara's feet, begging him for forgiveness and Gaara forgave him. They hugged and Naruto called all the previous members of Toy Corner for a tearful and happy reunion. (Temari came too, because she and Shikamaru got married as soon as he turned 18)
Then Gaara went to Kankurou and Sakon's apartment where his brother tackled him into a bear hug and told him how much he missed him and how much he loved him. Sakon was all, "Holy Crap he's back! PAR-TAY!"
Happy ending. Not satisfied yet? Deal with it. I got a million other fics I need to either work on or start.
I'm going to miss Dark Diary, it was a lot of fun, and it was my pride and joy. Take it away Kyo
Kyo: Well everyone, we hope you were able to enjoy reading Dark Diary as much as we enjoyed writing it
Kyo: Shut up Corvin. Say goodnight to all the friends who rock and rolled beside you, we hope you enjoyed the show, it's all over now. BYE LOVES!